A Healthy Trick-or-Treat

(CARLSBAD, CA) – Ghosts, goblins, mummies and ghouls. Costumes, masks, make-up, and capes. Empty calories, obesity, tooth decay and H1N1?

Wait a minute!  Whatever happened to trick-or-treating, office costume contests, and bobbing for apples without counting calories for one day?

Halloween is traditionally a day of indulgence, and a few sweet treats are certainly not going to ruin a lifetime of healthy habits. Unfortunately, one day can often turn into a few days – or even a few weeks – of noshing on candy and cupcakes. This Halloween, empty calories, sugar, fat, and tooth decay aren’t the only things to consider. Now, experts report that the H1N1 virus and other germs can be transmitted through grabby goblin hands sifting through the candy bowl.

Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett offers these tips to celebrate the spooktacular holiday without promoting obesity and tooth decay.

  • Procrastinate. If you plan to hand out Halloween candy this year, then buy your sweet treats at the last minute. That way, you won’t be tempted to dive into your stash before the big day.
  • Stay away from your favorites. When shopping for trick-or-treat giveaways, select candy that doesn’t appeal to the adults or kids in your household. You’ll be less likely to dive head first into the candy bowl.
  • Serve healthy treats. Consider replacing candy with cheese and crackers, trail mix, corn nuts, granola bars, pretzels, popcorn or raisins.
  • Fill up. Fill your kids’ bellies with a healthy meal before they go door-to-door. It will prevent them from overindulging on empty calories, and keep the tummy aches at bay.
  • Give out non-food treats. Instead of handing out the usual Halloween candy, go with balloons, glow sticks, trading cards, baseball cards, rub-on tattoos, plastic spiders or stickers.
  • Sort it out. At the end of Halloween night, sort through your kids’ candy, and toss or give away a significant portion. Encourage your kids to pick out just a few favorites to keep for themselves.
  • Set limits. Allow your kids to eat only one or two pieces of candy per sitting after they’ve eaten a healthy meal.
  • Protect your pearly whites. Make sure you and your kids brush their teeth after eating a candy snack and before going to bed.
  • Use a scoop. Don’t allow kids to finger through your candy stash. Instead, use a scoop to transfer the candy from your bowl to the trick-or-treaters’ bags. You’ll lessen the chance of spreading contagious germs, like the H1N1 virus.
  • Lather up. Remind your kids to wash their hands thoroughly before eating any treats.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

Posted: 10/31/2010 12:55:49 AM by Jazzercise | with 0 comments

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